Tortoise


Words & Music: Jake Thackray

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There was a man who when he won stuff on the stalls in village fairs
Would always choose the tortoise, not the goldfish, not the teddy bears.
He would always answer when they asked him what he wanted as a prize,
"I'll have another of them little crunchy pies; crunchy pies".

Oh crunchy pies, oh crunchy pies, and there was hunger in his eyes:
"I'll have another of them little crunchy pies; crunchy pies".

I know that God created tortoises, but is God always wise?
He never gives us clear distinctions - as with tortoises and pies.
He could have spared such moral horrors to the likes of me and you -
And doubtless to the little crunchy tortoise, too.

Tortoise too, tortoise too, Oh, Jesus, tell us what to do.
And for Christ's sake tell the little crunchy tortoise too.


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